Eye of the Ox

Here’s the difference between how I wanted yesterday’s training session to go, and how it really went.

Ideally, I wanted  the boys to pull Steve on the tire. (They are absolutely strong enough to do this.)

Ideally, I wanted to drive the boys while they pulled Steve on the tire. (They are absolutely strong enough to do this.  I tried it and the boys made one feeble attempt before giving up).

Instead, the boys pulled ME on the tire. (Note: It’s not always a good idea to have two different people working a team of oxen because  it tends to confuse them. Yesterday I made an exception because I felt the boys really needed to raise their pulling weight and I had nothing else to use.

Instead, the boys pulled ME on the tire. (Note: It’s not always a good idea to have two different people working a team of oxen because it tends to confuse them. Yesterday I made an exception because I felt the boys really needed to raise their pulling weight and I had nothing else to use.

 

Now that the boys are working with more serious weight, I warm them up by starting the training session pulling minimal weight and then working my way towards the heavier loads. Yesterday, I took advantage of their eagerness to head back to the barn by making them pull their heaviest amount (me) for that last stretch back.

If I ever try to get them to pull Steve again, I’m going to have to bring a stereo and play some kind of motivational hair metal song. Anything off the Rocky soundtrack ALWAYS works for me!

“Eye of the Tiger” perhaps?   More like Eye of the Ox!

 

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